Claressa Shields dominates Christina Hammer over 10 rounds in Atlantic City
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: April 15, 2019
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY – At the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey women’s boxing stood at the forefront of the sport as Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) took on Germany’s Christina Hammer (24-1, 11 KOs) in a battle of undefeated fighters for the undisputed female Middleweight title.
Shields headed into the bout as a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-division world champion holding titles at Middleweight and Super Middleweight. At just 24 years of age, the Flint, Michigan native is 4-0 against former world champions and undefeated in title fights.
For Hammer, this would be her second fight in the United States and the attempted 12th defense of her WBO Middleweight title. Hammer has held the WBO Middleweight title since 2010 and won the WBC Middleweight title in 2016.
The German champion was 14-0 with two knockouts in world title fights holding not only the physical advantages in height and reach, but also an advantage in professional boxing experience.
While the bout was seen as an even 50-50-matchup heading into the fight, Hammer was without question the best opponent Shields has faced thus far.
In the end, the odds and the statistics surrounding the match did not matter. Shields from the start of the first bell put on a dominating performance against Hammer in what will be considered the finest performance of her career.
Shields’ work rate, combination punching and hand speed kept Hammer once step behind throughout all 10 rounds. Hammer’s only advantage in the fight was her highly vaunted jab. This would be the single category in which she was successful.
Most fans and pundits felt that it was unlikely for Shields to score a knockout over Hammer. Despite her, 22% knockout ratio in the eighth round Shields came close to stopping Hammer who barely survived the round.
At the end of 10 rounds, Shields was awarded a wide unanimous decision victory. The scorecards were 98-92 from all three judges.
The Michigan native became just the second female in boxing history after Cecilia Braekhus to hold all four major titles in her weight class. Shields now holds the WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF Middleweight titles.
The CompuBox statistics showed the level of dominance in which Shields defeated Hammer. Shields landed 112 out 387 total punches with Hammer landing 49 out of 366 total punches.
While Shields’ blend of bravado and trash talk won’t endear her to all boxing fans, her talent and skill level inside the squared circle is second to none.
At the rate that Shields is performing her stance of being the best female boxer of all time could become more reality than hyperbole.
(Featured Photo: Jose Miranda for Frontproof Media)